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In 1999, John W. McLellan, CPA opened a public accounting and business consulting practice, JWM & ASSOCIATES (JWM), in downtown Manhattan Beach after obtaining over 10 years of business, accounting and tax experience from a large accounting firm.

JWM works with individuals and small to mid-size businesses to prepare historical and projected financial statements, income tax returns, financial budgets, business plans and financial models for new business ideas. We pride ourselves on being more than just an accounting firm. We understand your business and provide you with creative business and financial solutions. We are a member of the AICPA, California Society of CPAs, and the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association.


Our mission is to become the leading CPA firm in the South Bay Beach area by assisting businesses and individuals to accumulate and maintain their wealth while contributing to the community.


We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship as a partnership, and truly believe that our success depends on our clients' success.

We are committed to providing personalized attention to each client. We continually invest resources towards continuing professional education of our staff and towards state-of-the-art computer technology as a part of our commitment to excellence.

Our Team

John W. McLellan CPA, Principal/Owner (310) 372-0672

John W. McLellan, founder and principal of JWM has been a resident of the South Bay his entire life. Over the years, John has spent a considerable amount of time developing above average analytical and computer skills. These skills and his love of numbers led him to choose a career as a Certified Public Accountant.

In 1990 John began working for the technology-based, heavy-construction company, Cherrington Asia International (CAI). John held progressively more responsible positions in the company that ultimately led to his becoming the company's Corporate Controller. While doing this John obtained a BS degree in Accounting from California State University of Long Beach. In 1996, John decided to obtain a CPA certification and began working for a top regional CPA firm in the Los Angeles area as a Senior Tax & Audit Accountant.

John is a leader in the community as an active member of the Redondo Beach Rotary club as well as the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, John became an alumni member of Leadership Manhattan, helping to fund a teen cancer center in the South Bay from the proceeds of a community cookbook.

On an ongoing basis, John gives back to the community through personal involvement and the dedication of his firm's resources. When he is not assisting clients or keeping abreast of new accounting and tax issues, he enjoys participating in beach sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Caitlin M. Sandoval, CPA, Tax Manager

Connor D. Duncan, Staff Accountant